Tarot of Mermaids (2003, mini-edition 2005) is a Lo Scarabeo 'art deck', full of buxsome, lithesome mercreatures. This was the first 'mini' deck I ever bought, and as such it spent a fair bit of time in my handbag and dragged out for impromptu readings. And while it doesn't have the depth of symbolism many other decks offer, it is more readable than something like the Art Nouveau Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2002).
today's card: the Five of Chalices. A mermaid lies on the sea floor,
with three dark shells scattered at her side. Another two shells sit,
shining brightly, on a rock behind her. There is also a pyramidal
structure in the background, and a vortex of light, or perhaps ripples
on the surface, above.
This is a fairly traditional RWS-based
depiction. It suggests sorrowful emotions over what is past, and not
seeing the potential of what is available. I quite like the
three-dimensionality, which implies not only that she is turning her back
on potential happiness, but also that she could look beyond herself for a
was reminded a couple of days ago to look for the support that may be
available to me, and this card echoes that. My mother is a wonderful
source of support, and is coming for a visit today. So, time to let go
of pain and fears and appreciate the love and caring in my life.
I am grateful for my mother, who loves and supports me so kindly even now.